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Press Release:

2015-2016 Single Tickets On Sale August 1

Press Release:

Thursday, 30 July, 2015

2015–2016 SEASON GO ON SALE AUGUST 1, at 10 a.m.

New Concerts Just Added:

Final Three Rounds of the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition
September 15, 16 & 18

Seattle Symphony Principals Featured in an Evening of
Haydn, Mozart & Fauré on February 18

Ten Grands on May 14

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with
Seattle Symphony on July 15 & 16

Changes to November 13 and April 29 Untuxed Programs Announced


Seattle, WA – Single tickets for the Seattle Symphony’s 2015–2016 season, including newly added concerts, go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 1, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747, or in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased through the Seattle Symphony’s new iPhone and Android apps by searching “Seattle Symphony” or “Listen Boldly” at Apple’s App Store or Android’s App Store. Subscription packages, which offer significant savings over single ticket prices, as well as ticket exchange benefits, are still available.

2015–2016 Season Newly Added Concerts

The Seattle Symphony presents its first-ever Piano Competition on September 15, 16 and 18, 2015. Nine pianists from an international pool of contestants have been selected to participate in the final three rounds of the festival in Seattle. All three rounds are open and accessible to the public, who are invited to cast their votes for the Audience Favorite Award. Complimentary tickets are available via RSVP for the Recital and Semi-Final Rounds and tickets to the Finals are available for purchase. Patrons should visit to RSVP and/or purchase tickets. Please refer to the Piano Competition press announcement for detailed information on the competition.

Major sponsorship of the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition provided by members of Club 88: Betty Tong & Nader and Oraib Kabbani.
The Seattle Symphony Piano Competition is made possible with support from the Steinway Piano Gallery of Seattle.

On February 18, 2016, select principal players of the Seattle Symphony will give a special one-night-only performance with the orchestra under the baton of new Douglas F. King Assistant Conductor Pablo Rus Broseta. Featured musicians include Principal Oboe Mary Lynch; Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Smith Principal Clarinet Benjamin Lulich; Principal Bassoon Seth Krimsky; Charles Simonyi Principal Horn Jeffrey Fair; Clowes Family Associate Concertmaster Emma McGrath; and Principal Cello Efe Baltacıgil. The evening will include music by Haydn, R. Stauss, Fauré and Mozart.

The annual Ten Grands concert, featuring numerous artists and ten grand pianos on the Benaroya Hall stage, returns on May 14, 2016. Proceeds from this concert benefit the Seattle Symphony’s education and community programs, as well as other organizations in the region.

Presenting sponsorship of Ten Grands provided by RBC Wealth Management.

The Seattle Symphony will give a live-to-picture performance of the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on July 15–16. The epic score composed and orchestrated by Academy Award winner Howard Shore will be performed live by the orchestra and two full choirs.

There are two program changes for the Untuxed series. The November 13 Untuxed concert will no longer include works by Nielsen. Instead, the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 will be performed with violinist Henning Kraggerud. The April 29 Untuxed concert will no longer include Prokofiev Symphony No. 7 and will instead feature Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with pianist Imogen Cooper. 

About the Seattle Symphony

Founded in 1903, the Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard live from September through July by more than 300,000 people. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community-engagement programs reach over 100,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season, including John Luther Adams’ recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made more than 140 recordings and has received 18 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media. 

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